BallotReady co-founder Alex Niemczewski at a past Politipalooza

Civic Engagement Legacy Programs

The Institute of Politics is proud to serve as a vital incubator for students to create and lead new Civic Engagement ideas and initiatives that provide lasting service to communities on and off campus. Such initiatives and programs are critical to the IOP's mission of inspiring and cultivating the next generation of political and public service leadership. 

As some of these programs grow and forge new relationships with campus partners as RSOs or external organizations, they become "legacy programs" of the IOP. The IOP remains committed to their long-term growth and continued success. While the IOP no longer provides funding, branding or official advising to these organizations, we're happy to offer continued support in the following way: 

  • Meeting Space: For those programs still on campus, they are more than welcome to continue reserving space at the IOP. While current IOP programs have priority, all RSOs are welcome to reserve space at the IOP. Please see our Room Reservation page for more info. 
  • Politipalooza: Invitation to participate in the IOP's annual Politipalooza event during UChicago's Orientation Week each year.
  • Publicity: Program publicity via the IOP's weekly newsletter and through social media. 
  • Web Listing: Program listing and description on the IOP website under "Civic Engagement" with link to the RSO or organization's current webpage.
  • Mentorship: Informal mentorship and advising from IOP staff 
  • Speakers & Fellows: Opportunities to connect with IOP Speakers and Fellows for mentorship and speaking as available. Please contact the Director of Speaker Series and Fellows programs directly for these requests. 

Legacy Programs

BALLOTREADY | BallotReady is a non-profit organization with the mission to create a more informed electorate and strengthen our democracy by helping voters vote informed, all the way down the ballot. BallotReady aggregates information from candidates’ websites, social media, press, endorsers and board of elections data for the latest, most accurate details about the candidates and referendums on your ballot. Learn more here

MAROONS VETERANS ALLIANCE (MVA) | The Maroon Veterans Alliance is an RSO at the University of Chicago aimed at supporting our heroes, America’s veteran community. To leverage University & City resources to support Chicago veterans through Veterans Career Advocacy Program workshops and Points for Patriots fundraisers. Learn more here.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO DEMOCRACY INITATIVE (UCDI) | UCDI is an RSO at the University of Chicago that aims to engage the electorate to increase political participation and educate citizens about issues in our democracy and research problems that harm American democracy through considering ideas about how to solve them. Learn more here